Handbooks

The FXI has created an extensive archive of ground-breaking resources that have had a positive impact on media policy studies and intervention in the country.

Seleoane, M. and Duncan, J. (Eds). (1998). Media and Democracy in South Africa

R150.00

In April 1994 South Africa entered a new era when it held its first democratic elections. Institutions of government and civil society are still struggling to position themselves in this changed environment in spite of the fact that the country's transition is now four years old. These institutions include the media. Criticism has been voiced that government and society are gradually transforming, but not the media and therefore they are obstructing democratisation.

Is this criticism justified? Should the media in fact be obliged to play an active role in consolidating democracy, or is this role filled adequately by the objective reflection on events, protected by press freedom principles enshrined in the constitution. What do we mean when we speak of media, and are there not contestations concerning the nature of democracy within and between specific forms of media, driven by widely different social interests?
December 14 1998 By Freedom Of Expression Institute media, democracy, free expression, ownership and control
Tleane, C. and Duncan, J. (2001). Broadcasting and the national question: South African broadcast media in an age of neo-liberalism

R150.00

This book traces the history of neoliberalism, and its acceptance by political parties across the spectrum on the basis of acknowledging the 'realities' of globalization. Realities, it is argued, that are more fiction than fact. It considers the impact of neoliberalism on the South African government's attempts to achieve national unity in society generally and broadcasting specifically. it documents how the government's neo-liberal thrust is entrenching rather than refusing inequalities in this sector, and making the resolution of the national question more rather than less possible. In conclusion, it calls for a radical re-think of the direction the broadcasting sector is taking.
June 07 2001 By Freedom Of Expression Institute SABC, media, neo-liberalism
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